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Miley Cyrus Named PETA's 'Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity' Of 2015 26.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Miley Cyrus is officially the " Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2015 ," according to PETA. The "We Can't Stop" singer was awarded the accolade because of her " unflinching dedication to animal rights and her decision to go vegan ." She's wholeheartedly committed to a vegan lifestyle and she often shared details of her dairy-free and meat-free diet with fans. A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Apr 27, 2015 at 2:17pm PDT The 22-year-old, who recently wrote a song for her deceased pet fish , is also a serious animal lover. She has a group of rescued dogs, a pet pig, and a kitten (with its very own Instagram account ). The Happy Hippie beat out over 100 stars, including Ariana Grande and Ellie Goulding, for the top spot. She joins a huge list of former celebrity Sexiest Vegetarians, including Olivia Wilde, Carrie Underwood, and 2014 winner Jared Leto . -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, ...
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Now You Can Climb El Capitan From Your Couch, With Google Street View 24.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's the largest granite monolith in the world, and now you can climb it from your couch. On Wednesday, Google launched its first ever vertical Street View collection , allowing armchair adventurers to join pioneering climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell on a 3,000-foot ascent up the legendary El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think... can be done," Caldwell wrote in a Google blog post celebrating the achievement . "Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall." The team used an elaborate system of ropes, cams and climbing gear to secure the camera, mounted on a tripod, onto the side of El Capitan. They then painstakingly shuffled it up the " Nose " and part of the " Dawn Wall ," pausing every so often to take ...
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Are Animals Global Citizens? 22.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Citizenship generally implies certain rights, or at least to be free from arbitrary abuse. A court in the U.S. is now considering an application for habeas corpus regarding two chimps held by a New York University presumably for scientific purposes. However, the issue of whether chimpanzees deserve to be treated as "legal persons" differs from whether animals should be seen as deserving their own rights to exist a "normal life" beyond their utility and/or rights to them asserted by humans. Currently the notion of species preservation appears to be more an extension of human beings' presumed desire and benefits in preserving biodiversity. That human beings have a duty to preserve our environment for future generations or even some higher principle of ethics/morality is generally accepted as a good thing, but do we have an obligation to the animal itself as a fellow global citizen, even if such may be perceived in a substantially more limited form? "Moral Beings" During a recent debate on BBC regarding ...
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Changing a Toxic Environment and Food System: Regeneration or Degeneration? 19.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
We must all become evangelists of Regeneration in order to survive. (Photo: Seedlings via Shutterstock) "If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises, then the people will." - Dr.Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, June 8, 2015 When literally billions of people, the 99 percent, are hungry or struggling to survive with justice and dignity; when the majority of the global body politic are threatened and assaulted by a toxic environment and food system; when hundreds of millions are overwhelmed with chronic health problems; battered by floods, droughts, and weather extremes; when endless wars and land grabs for water, land and strategic resources spiral out of control; When indentured politicians, corporations and the mass media conspire to stamp out the last vestiges of democracy in order to force a “Business-as-Usual” paradigm down our throats, it’s time for a change, Big Change. It’s time to ...
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The Crisis: Regeneration or Degeneration? 18.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Sexual Shenanigans and Pig Shooting in the Military Need to Stop 16.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
According to a new paper published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology, pigs are extraordinarily complex individuals. Neuroscientist Dr. Lori Marino and Emory University professor Christina M. Colvin reviewed dozens of studies about pigs' sentience and intelligence and concluded that pigs have excellent long-term memories, live in complex social groups, learn from one another, will check themselves out in a mirror, love to play, can use a joystick to move a computer cursor and display empathy. In other words, says Dr. Marino, "[T]his paper shows that pigs share a number of cognitive capacities with other highly intelligent species"--such as dogs, dolphins and chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. "There is now good scientific evidence to suggest we need to rethink our overall relationship to them." Every decisionmaker at the Department of Defense (DOD) who still views pigs as little more than teaching tools to be stabbed and blown apart in crude trauma training exercises should ...
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Pigs Are Highly Social And Really Smart. So, Um, About Eating Them... 16.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pigs like to play. They're smart. They have good long-term memories, and they can be socially manipulative with other pigs. They can tell which people are nice to them and which aren't. They're also able to distinguish between pigs they know and pigs that are strangers. Does all of this sound like it might have implications for bacon lovers? If so, that's no accident. A paper published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Comparative Psychology surveys the existing peer-reviewed scientific literature to round up what we know about pigs' inner lives. Authors Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, and Christina M. Colvin, a professor at Emory University, note in their paper that pigs have been found to be mentally and socially similar to dogs and chimpanzees. "What is known suggests that pigs are cognitively complex and share many traits with animals whom we consider intelligent," they write in the paper, titled " Thinking Pigs: A Comparative ...
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Costco, WTF? 10.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I love animals. When I was five years old, I found myself living on a ranch, riding a Donkey named Spike because I was too small for a horse. Eventually, I showed Southdown sheep with 4-H. I even won the San Bernardino County 4-H'er of the Year award. Point being, I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by beautiful animal friends who always soothed me. I was literally a red-headed stepchild and was verbally abused by a beast of a step-father and they were all I had. Cows, sheep, horses, chickens, pigs, cats, dogs... they were my childhood friends. My refuge. And they really did give me strength. Nowadays, I suppose I'm known as a sort of right-winger and I'm not supposed to be all that big on things like animal rights. But I am in fact big on animal rights. Very big. But I am not big on theatrics or stunts. I am big on education, building bridges and big on generally looking after our animal friends. As such, I have aligned myself with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for some time now. ...
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Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration 9.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Doctor Who Instructed Thousands Of U.S. Troops Accused Of Drugging, Abusing Trainees 9.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By John Shiffman WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2000, Dr. John Henry Hagmann has helped train thousands of soldiers and medical personnel in how to treat battlefield wounds. His company, Deployment Medicine International, has received more than $10.5 million in business from the federal government. The taxpayer-funded training has long troubled animal rights activists, who contend that Hagmann's use of live, wounded pigs to simulate combat injuries is unnecessarily cruel. But an investigation by Virginia medical authorities alleges that pigs weren't the doctor's only training subjects. During instructional sessions in 2012 and 2013 for military personnel, Hagmann gave trainees drugs and liquor, and directed them to perform macabre medical procedures on one another, according to a report issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine, the state agency that oversees the conduct of doctors. Hagmann, 59, is accused of inappropriately providing at least 10 students with the ...
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Defies GOP Legislature, Vetoes 'Ag-Gag' Bill 30.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill on Friday, sent to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, that would have allowed business owners to sue employees who conduct undercover investigations on their property. House Bill 405 , the Property Protection Act, had been criticized by animal rights activists an an "ag-gag" bill, since it could stifle the kinds of secret recordings on hog farms and in poultry plants that have been used to expose inhumane treatment of animals and have resulted in criminal charges. Similar laws in Idaho and Utah have provoked legal challenges. Groups like the AARP had also opposed the bill, because it would have applied to other businesses like nursing homes. The state Senate's Republican leadership did not include an amendment from Democratic Sen. Josh Stein that would have given employees protection if the activity they recorded was illegal. "While I support the purpose of this bill, I believe it does not adequately protect or give clear guidance ...
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3 Reasons "Animal Welfare" Doesn't Work 29.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are two schools of thought: animal welfare and animal rights. Whereas animal rightists seek to dismantle the institution of animal agriculture altogether, those in favor of animal welfare advocate a situation where farmed animals are treated well in life on family ranches and meet as quick and painless a death as possible before becoming the food on our plates. In his book Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer, who is himself a vegetarian, criticizes fellow author and professor Mike Pollan for grappling with the issue of welfare vs. rights in The Omnivore's Dilemma, only to come to the conclusion that "locavorism" or eating locally produced foods is the best option for the environment. Basically, Foer is a rightist and Pollan is a welfarist. Here's why the "animal welfare" stance doesn't hold up. 1) There is no respectful way to kill. Welfarists believe that farmed animals can be treated with respect in both life and in death, but there is nothing respectful about taking a life. To kill is ...
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Think Rabbit Is The 'New Ethical Meat'? Think Again. 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The nation's largest rabbit slaughterhouse claims it has changed its practices in response to an animal rights group’s recent undercover investigation, but the group’s findings nevertheless cast doubt on the idea that consuming rabbit is a more “ethical” choice than eating other types of meat. The Investigation Earlier this month, the nonprofit organization Last Chance For Animals released the findings of its four-week undercover investigation into Pel-Freez Foods , a rabbit processor in Rogers, Arkansas. To conduct the investigation, an LCA employee, whom the group identifies under the pseudonym “Sheila” for privacy reasons, took a job with Pel-Freez collecting blood from rabbits after they were killed -- to be sold later for medical research. While on the job, Sheila secretly filmed the slaughtering process. Nina Hauptman, LCA's director of campaigns, told The Huffington Post that what Sheila caught on tape amounts to “horrific cruelty.” In the footage, workers can be seen attempting to stun the ...
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Danish Radio Station Beats Rabbit To Death Live On Air To Spark Animal Welfare Debate 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Is it worse to eat a pig for dinner or a bunny? A Danish radio station is under fire after killing a 9-week-old rabbit live on air to protest double standards held by meat eaters. Hosts for the outlet, Radio24syv, beat the animal, nicknamed Alan, over the head with a bicycle pump . The rabbit apparently twitched several times before it died, according to a report from the BBC. "Every day in the nation of Denmark, thousands and thousands of animals are put down to fill the meat counters in our super markets," the outlet wrote on its Facebook page . "Animal welfare does not seem to apply to animals in the food industry." Rabbits have long been a controversial food choice in the United States. Customers began a boycott against Whole Foods last year after the grocery chain launched a rabbit-meat pilot program that cited customer demand as the reason to include the animal in its meat counter offerings. The food is a staple in many European cuisines , but many Americans have placed rabbits into the "pet" ...
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3 Reasons All Feminists Should Support Animal Rights 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"Feminism" has lately become less of a dirty word, as more people recognize it as being the belief in gender equality. Men, women, and transpeople can all be feminists. According to popular sex educator Laci Green , if you believe women are human, you're a feminist. It's that simple. Or is it? Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, states that any view that goes against the dominant ideology is also associated with other traits, being part of the larger belief system of someone who isn't just like everyone else. As most of the world is still male-dominated, feminists, like vegetarians, hold an alternate view. This is why there are no sufficient words for non-feminists or non-vegetarians. Sure, we could call them anti-feminists and meat-eaters, but these terms do not adequately encapsulate the subtle hegemonic beliefs that come into play. Dominant ideologies are invisibilized, taken to be "the norm." Even so, the social climate has changed in recent ...
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Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Pamela Anderson Reenacts Psycho Shower Scene For PETA To Protest Meat Industry's Impact On Drought 19.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cue the screeching violins . Pamela Anderson has stripped down once again to protest the horrors of the meat and dairy industries. The 47-year-old actress and longtime PETA advocate posed nude in a "Psycho"-inspired ad that also targets the ongoing drought in California , now in its fourth year. "Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms," Anderson said in a statement released with the ad. Story continues below. California Gov. Jerry Brown has taken drastic measures to address the ongoing crisis , which has killed more than 12 million trees and left half a million acres of farmland unusable. Cities across the state have been ordered to slash water usage by up to 36 percent , and homeowners are being fined for wasting water . But amid all of the mandatory cuts, farmers -- and by extension , the meat and dairy industry -- have been spared. Agriculture consumes upwards of 80 percent of the state's water supply , according to SF Gate, and much ...
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7 Good Reasons to Shun Eggs During National Egg Month and All Other Times of the Year 14.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Several months ago, PETA's Los Angeles office, the Bob Barker Building , hosted an unusual adoption event. There were no dogs or cats or even rabbits. This event was for the birds -- literally. Nearly 100 hens -- who had been rescued by Animal Place from an egg farm that was "depopulating" birds who were no longer productive -- were in need of homes. And they got them during the largest chicken "adopt-a-thon" ever held. These hens were extremely lucky. Most "depopulated" birds are sent to slaughter, their bodies chopped up and turned into "nuggets" or "fingers." Other unwanted birds (including male chicks, who are useless to egg farmers for obvious reasons) don't even make it to the slaughterhouse: They are simply tossed into huge "macerators" and ground up -- alive. If death by wood chipper isn't enough to put you off eggs, here are some other compelling reasons to keep them off your plate during National Egg Month and every other month of the year: 1. There's a 90 Percent Chance Your Eggs Came From a ...
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Harding Charter Preparatory High School Students Use Dead Cats In Bizarre 'Dance' Video 13.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animal rights activists are blasting a top-ranked Oklahoma charter school after its students were seen on video using dead cats to act out dance moves , set to the jingle used in commercials for Meow Mix cat food. The video, originally posted on Facebook but uploaded to YouTube Tuesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was filmed last year in a classroom at the Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City. In the clip, students wearing white jackets hold up the feline corpses and move them in a synchronized routine to the music, while a student in front with another dead cat acts as conductor. No teacher is seen in the video, and it's not clear whether a teacher played any role in producing it. WARNING: The video above may be disturbing to some viewers. PETA said the cats were intended for dissection as part of classroom experiments. Local media including KFOR and NewsOK said officials from the school did not respond to requests for comment, and the school has shut down its ...
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Activists Threaten To Sue For Captive Whale Lolita's Freedom 11.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, May 11 (Reuters) - Activists said on Monday they would sue a Florida aquarium for violating the Endangered Species Act if it does not improve living conditions for Lolita, a killer whale in captivity for more than four decades. The Miami Seaquarium has 60 days to address the facility's alleged shortfalls that include a small enclosure, life without another whale, and twice-daily performances in the searing Florida sun, said activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration added Lolita to the endangered species list in early February, opening the door to potential lawsuits. "For more than 40 years she has been unable to swim any meaningful distance, dive, forage, or carry out virtually any natural behaviors," PETA's Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman wrote in a letter to the tourist attraction. Seaquarium officials said they could not comment until they read the ...
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